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Dalsell. Jan. 2?.--We are glad to
see ths weather moderating again,
and hope the eudden changee may
eoea cease for ths sudden changes in
the weather keep us full of cold.
There Is lout of La grippe and cold
among us at present. Tour humble
correspondent hes been elck in bed
for a week.
Mr. T. M. Crosswell hss been elck.
Col. W. D. Scarborough has also
bad a case of grippe, besides lots of
others, but we ere hoping for brigh?
ter days and better feelings thsn we
Farm work Is progreeslsng very
satisfactorily now. We think the cot?
ton re/* com acreage will be about
%he same as last year here. Some sre
hauldlng fertilisers, while others have
not bought yet We think more am
montnated guano will be used this
year than usual on account of the
high price of C. 8. meal.
Well high prices and hard times
don't keep people from getting mar?
ried. Mr. 8. F. Moore performed e
marriage ceremony last week a little
out of the ordinary way. Mr. Trues
dale ef Mayesvllle and Mise Sadie
Mean, of DeKalb, Kershaw county,
drove up in Mr. Moore's yard and
walle Mr. Moore's daughter held a
11 swt for him they eat in the buggy!
Mr. Moore soon spoke the words
made them man and wlfs and
them on their way rejoylng.
Mr. Wright will preach at
111 next Sunday morning, the
at 11 o'clock, which will be his
sermon at the new church for
rear. All are invited to attend.
Mr. R. B. Frost of Georgetown, S.
C. 'ts suiting friends sad relatives
-were at present.
Lynchburg Jen. 2?,?Mr. 8. Walk?
er Prtsreon, after eeveral days of
anxiety about his aged mother, is
?ertalnly greatly relieved, new that
ehe eppeare to be convalescing. She
has been dangerously 111, and being
teach advenced In age, her life for e
feef days, was almost despaired of.
Mise Lydia Lea's -^malns were
taken to Charleeton, the home of her
birth, for Interment.
Mr. M. L. Melntoeh Is eonfln-d to
tils room, snd his many friends feel
anxious about him.
Mr. John M. Miller is elowly recov
ertag from sn Injury he sustained by
a fall some time sgo and is able to
he gut again.
Miss Llssls Klrby Is also Improving,
teat enable to be out as yet.
Mr. A. J. Price's land sale w>ll
come off tomorrow, and when the
e* ad a agon start*, a big crowd will
likely be on hand, eepeclally so with
the colored peoplt.
The farmers are rapidly placli'g
their ordere for fertilisers, and s
auaattty will be ueed this year.
Mr. i. Li Thompson has a hand
gome two-story residence neerlrg
Dr. Tellott has moved Into bis
Other new residences mill soon De
In course of erection.
ftateburg. Jsn. 2?.?Rev. W. H.
Barowell spent several days in Co?
lumbia during the past week, attend?
ing the Laymen's Conference.
Mrs. Lee Coker of Hartsvllle. is on
a visit to her parents. Mr. and Mrs.
w. j. Ken Ml
Mrs S. B. Cain and her four child?
ren, who have been spending several
weeks with Mr. and Mrs s. H. Ram
eey. have returned to their home in
Miss Emma Barnwell. who Is
spending the winter In Charleston. Is
having a delightful time attending
the St. Ceclllas daring her stay.
Mrs. Mark Reynolds, who has been
the guest of her parents. Dr. and
Mrs. W W. Anderson, has returned
After a very pleasant visit to rela?
tives In Hartsvllle. Miss Minnie Nor?
rie hss returned to the neighbor?
Our neighborhood has not heen
more fortunate than oth~r places In
escaping grippe, for there have been
eeveral cases In our midst, owing, no
douM. to the changeable weather.
The many friends of Miss Bessie
Murray, who H teaching near Cam
den, regret to hear that she Is quite
iU, but wish her a speedy recovery.
The winter so far has been un?
usually severe, but In spite of the
cold weather, the farmers are "get?
ting down' to work in earnest and
every preparation Is belnj made for
a new crop.
Rev. W. H. Barnwell held div'ne
service at St. Mark's, Clarendon, last
ARMY OFFICER LOBBYIST.
Intimated That Roosevelt and Taft
Maintained Lobbyists in Interest of
Washington. Jan. 26.?Charges by
Delegate Wlckersham that President
Taft and former President Roosevelt
had maintained in Washington an
Alaskan lobby In the persons of form?
er Qov. W. P. Hoggatt and MaJ. W.
P. Richardson, an army officer, who
is head of the Alaskan road commis?
sion, are revealed by proofs made
public today of an executive hearing
before the senate committee on terri?
tories in relation to the Alaska legis?
lative council bill. Counter charges
by Mr. Hoggatt that Judge Wlcker?
sham "is humbugging" further en?
liven the situation.
The senate commutes took serious?
ly the aspersions seemed to have been
cast upon the motives of the presi?
dent and the ex-presldent by Judge
Judge Wlckersham had charged
that certain legislation furthered by
MaJ. Richardson and Gov. Hoggatt
was in the Interest of the Guggen?
heims and that the president and for?
mer president were responsible for
their presence in Washington as lob?
byists for ths measures. Further
along in the hearing, and this Is a
part of the testimony made public,
Mr. Wlckersham In protesting against
the presence of Maj. Richardson In
"The president has no right to
maintain a lobbyist here."
Great Interest was manifested by
the committee as to the activities of
BIG COPPER TRUST.
Financiers Planning Merger of Metsl
New York, Jan. 16.?Preliminary
steps were taken today to effect the
long looked for merger of the princl
pal copper producers of the count rv
Into one gigani'.c corporation. In WaM
street another $1,000,000,000 com?
pany was frequently mentioned, but
the more conservative believed final
capitalisation would be closer to
The Anaconda Copper Mining Com
tit- ny officially announced late this al
tftnoon, that at a meeting of th*
Loa? d of directors yesterday, it had
tten decided to call a special moot?
ing of the stockholders In Anaconda.
Hort, on Ma'ch 23 to pass on r. pro?
posal to Increase the capital stock
from $30.000,000 to $150.000,000. ' for
the purpose of acquiring the property
of other companies located In the
The Amalgamated Copper Com?
pany owns 55 per cent, of the Ana?
Following the merger of the Butte
properties, Which Include the Amal?
gamated Copper Company and Its va?
rious holdings, namely, the Anaconda
Copper Company, Boston A Montana,
Butte ft Boston. Washoe, Trenton
and other subsidiaries, and the North
Ilutte and Butte Coalition, It Is ex?
pected that the new Anaconda with
its increased capital of $15,000,000
will merge with the Guggenheim,
Haggln and other Interests, thus ef
fect'ng a corporation which will not
only control the copper output of the
United States but will influence the
copper market of the world.
BANK OF OLANTA PROSPERS.
Places Ijarge Addition to Its Surplus
Olanta, Jan. 25.?The stockholders
o! the Bank of Olanta held their reg?
ular annual meeting here yesterday.
The report of the president showed
that the Institution had had a most
prosprous year, having a net earning
of 27 per cent., all of which was
placed to the surplus account.
The following directors were re
elected for the ensuing year: John
McSween. D. W. Alderman, J. C.
Lynch, W. H. Keltb S. J. Tomltnson,
S. R. Chandler. T. J. Cottingham, D.
L. <#reen and Duncan McKenzie.
At a subsequent meeting the di?
rectors elected the following officers:
Duncan McKenzie, president; S. R.
Chandler, vice president; D. E. Fr??
If you want a fine piano or a gold
watch, or if you have a friend who
wants either get Into the Voting Con?
test we are conducting.
How harsh it sounds to hear n
man criticise your pet hobby!
The keen eye for blemishes often
misses the blessings.
Moral good Is a practical stimu?
HAS MADE A BILLION.
Total Amount Made by Steel Corpor?
ation Trust Since Organization in
April, 1901. is $1,071,220,045.
New York, Jan. 25.?In accordance
with popular expectation, the direct?
ors of the United States Steel Corpo?
ration made announcement today,
after the close of the stock market,
that the dividends on the common
stock had been fixed at 4 per cent.
They then declared a "regular" divi?
dends of 4 per cent, and an extra 3-4
The regular quarterly dividend of
1 3-4 per cent, was declared on the
The total earnings for the year
1909 amounted to $131,479,975. Since
its organization in April of 1901, the
corporation has earned the sum of
The total earnings of the steel cor?
poration for the quarter ending De?
cember 31 were $40,971,309. while
the net earnings for the same period
were $14,400,432. The surplus for
the last quarter of 1909 was $16,263.
399 and the total surplus 'for 1909
BISHOPVILLE'S NEW CHURCH.
Masons Officiate at Presbyterian
Blshopvllle, Jan. 26.?The corner?
stone of the Blshopvllle Presbyterian
church was laid by Grand Master Jas.
R. Johnson of the Grand Lodge of
Ancient Free Masons of South Caro?
lina yesterday. In addition to the
regular Masonic ceremonies, the
grand master delivered an instructive
address on the relation of the Mason?
ic fraternity to architecture in all
ages. Rev. J. P. Marlon, pastor of
trn Sumter Presbyterian church, de?
livered an address upon the signifi?
cance of the building of a handsome
church in a community.
Two beautiful and appropriate
songs were sung by the choir. A large
and interested crowd witnessed the
ceremonies, the entire graded school
having been marched down ?o be
This ceremony was of more than,
usual significance as it is the first
modern brick church erected in Lee
county. When completed it will be
an ornament among the churches of
the State as there will be only a very I
few handsomer ones. It is built of
brick, trimmed with stone and terra
cotta and covered with slate. It will
be modern In every respect, having'
Sunday school rooms, library, pastor's I
study and lavatories, heated with
steam and lighted with electricity.
The main auditorium will have' a
seating capacity of 400. The pews
will be the most modern type, circu?
lar and laid upon a bowl floor. The
building Is estimated to cost $17,500.
and is under the supervision of the
architects, Hamby & Hamby, of Co?
HE BLAMES AUTOMOBILES.
Ex-Gov. Brown Predicts That They
Will Cause a Panic.
"Automobiles will cause a panic In
this country yet," said ex-Governor
Frank Brown last night, and then he
proceeded to pile up complaints
"There are about 9,000 automobiles1
In Maryland." he continued, "and
they cost nearly $20,000,000. It costs
about $6,000,000 a year to maintain
them?money gone to waste, scatter?
ed to the winds. It's sure to have an
effect yet. There will be a panic and
the people will wake up to And that
the money they have wasted In au?
tomobiles has deprived them of funds
"I could keep four horses and two
men on the box for what It costs to
maintain a machine, not to mention
buying one. And yet if everybody
who owned an automobile drove a
four-horse team had two men on the
bcx when he drove out Baltimore
would think we had a lot of lunatics.
"People are moving to the country
because the darn things can take
them there cheaply, and we have a
lot of empty houses in town. And
again a whole lot of people who can't
afford It are running machines and
the little shopkeepers are suffering.
People are not buying as much, eat?
ing as much or wearing as much.
They are crazy, fascinated, hypnotized
by these Infernal things.
"They are the ruination of young
people, chasing around here and
there at a mad clip."?Baltimore Sun.
Dog Saved Woman From Bull.
Attacked by a maddened bull which
she was trying to drive into an en
Olosure on her farm near this city,
Mrs. Georgs Cook was saved by the
family dog from being gored to
The first rush of the bull hurled
Mrs. Cook to the ground, breaking
her left arm near the elbow.
Her young son, hearing the cries,
eame with the dog, which, seeing its
mistress prostrate, made a furious
attack on the bull.
Whils the animals were fighting
Mrs Cook managed to make her way
to a fence, over which she climbed
to safety.?ROCkford Correspondence
WORK BF LEGISLATURE.
DILLON COVNT1 AT LAST A
New County Placed in the Fourth tin
(ficiul Circuit?Representative In?
troduced Bill Prohibiting Publica?
tion of Latunr Advertisement?
Dog Muzzling till Killed.
Special to The Daldly It?m.
Columbia, Jan. 2 5.?-Dillon count;
came into being today. Both houses
have passed the bill. The county has
been assigned to the fourth circuit.
The bills will be ordered enrolled for
Representative McMahan introduc?
ed a bill today prohibiting the publi?
cation of liquor advertisements.
The joint assembly elections today
were simply a matter of monotonous
roll calls, except the election of pen?
itentiary directors. The judges and
college trustees were reelected with?
Columbia, Jan. 25.?After two days
bitter debate, costing about a thou?
sand dollars, the House today killed
the Harmon yellow dog bill by a vote
of 58 to 42. The bill required the
muzzling of all dogs unchaparoned
and one dollar capitation tax for the
Columbia, Jan. 27.?The prohibi?
tion debate was adjourned until Tues?
day In the senate. Senator Carlisle,
the author of the bill, proposed that
it go to a vote Tuesday, without de?
bate, but Senator Smith, of Hampton,
who has a bill giving counties a choice
between dispensaries and license sys?
tem would not agree to this. A long
filibuster is likely.
Senator Graydon's bill providing a
new method of fire loss adjustment,
was killed. ?
1 ! On account of the Clemson trip to?
morrow, both houses adjourned over
to Monday, the house to Monday
right and the senate to Monday noon.
There will be night session in both
Columbia, Jan. 26.?The House by
a three to one vote killed the Rucker
bill making a Jim Crow division as to
school tax money.
M. L. Smith's bill requiring that
mileage coupons be accepted on
trains was favorably reported today.
Columbia, Jan. 25.?The following
elections were held today and result
Associate Justice?D. E. Hydrlck?
First Judicial Circuit?Chas. G.
Dantzler, of Orangeburg. .
Second Judicial Circuit?Robert
Aldrich. of Barnwell.
Third Judicial Circuit?R. C.
Watts, of Chesterfield.
Sixth Judicial Circuit-Geo. W.
Gage, of Chester.
Eighth Judicial Circuit?J. C.
Klugh, of Abbeville.
State Librarian?Miss L. H. La
borde, of Columbia.
Insurance Commissioner?Fitz H.
McMaster, of Columbia,
r Directors Penitentiary?W. H.
Glenn of Anderson; J. D. Deas, of
Trustees of Clemson College?I. M.
Mauldln, of Pickens; B. H. Rawls, of
Lexington; W. D. Evans of Chester?
Trustees of Winthrop College?B.
R. Tillman. of Edgefleld; D. W. Mc
Laurln, of Dillon.
Trustees of University of South
Carolina?S. P. Hamer, Jr., of Dil?
lon; C. E. Spencer, of York.
Trustees State Colored College?G.
B. White, of Chester; J. W. Floyd, of
REPORTS ON COTTON SUPPLY.
Census Bureau Places Number of
Bales For Last Four Months at 10,
Washington, Jan. 25.?According to
a report issued by the census office
today, the total supply of cotton for
the four months' period ending De?
cember 31 was 10,791,454 running
bales. This was made up as follows:
1,483.585 held, September, 190S; gin?
ned during period 9,259,085 hales,
net Imports, 48.7S1.
In the distribution of the cotton t
wu reported tha: ?luiing the lour
monhs' period, 1.747,244 bales were
consumed, 3.774,714 were exported,
1,597.187 held In mills: 2.548,702 held
In Independent warehouses; while
other stock amounts to 1,123.607.
SHOT BY CAR THIEVES.
Officer Boyer of Columbia Overpow?
ered and Shot by Car Thieves.
Columbia. Jan. 25.?Special Officer
Royer was fatally shot in the Royster
yards of the Southern Railway before
dawn today by two negro car thieves
whom he surprised at work. The
negroes attacked the officer, wrested
his revolver from his hand and turn?
ed it upon him, and then escaped.
Penitentiary blood hounds are being
used in the chase after the assassins,
who are being pursued into the dense
swamps of the Congaree.
TO SEIZE SHIPMENT OF MEAL.
Government Agent to File Condem?
nation Proceedings at Charlotte on
Ground of Short Weight.
Raleigh. X. C., Jan. 25.?An age;.:
of the government left here this af?
ternoon for Charlotte to file conc>::i
natton proceedings in the United
States court against 700 bags of e?-rn
meal, at the instance of the (impart-1
ment of agriculture which is beekin?
to declare it forfeited to the Unit d
Statc-s lor alleged ihortagf on
The meal was fhipped from New?
port. Tenn., to a wholesale house In
Charlotte. District Attorney Holstor.
stated this afternoon that the gov?
ernment is determined to break up
the shortweight business alleged to
be carried on by many manufactur?
PROPOSES TO LEASE ALASKA
Seattle Man Offers Royalty of 50
Cents Per Ton?Cliarges Lobbying
For AnotI.ec Scheme.
Washington, Jan. 25.?A new and
somewhat sensational factor appear?
ed suddenly today to add Intensity
to, the already sufficiently excited sit?
uation over the Alaska coal lands, on
the eve of the beginning of the Bal
llnger-Plnchot investigation, which
largely concerns that question. John
F. Ballalne of Seattle, said to be the
largest Individual property owner in
Alaska, made a propostlon In writ?
ing to the senate committee on terri?
tories, of which Senator Beveridge of
Indiana is chairman, offering to the
government a royalty of 50 cents a
ton of coal mined, for the lease of 5,
000 acres of some coal lands in Alas?
ka in the Katalla and Matanuska dis?
tricts. Such a tonnage royalty would
net to the government. Mr. Ballalne
said, amounts as high as $2,000,0)0
per hundred acres.
This proposal contemplates a radi?
cal departure from past practices In
the government's disposal of the
Alaska coal lands, and it comes
avowedly to do battle with another
proposition, embodied in a bill which
has been prepared, but not yet intro?
duced, designed to permit the sale or
lease of such lands at a rate of $10
per acre. It Is said that the general
features of the plan have the appro?
val of officials high In the adminis?
tration and of Influential members of
both houses of congress, including
some of the prominent insurgent Re?
publicans and Delegate Wlckersham
Mr. Ballalne in his leter to Sena?
tor Beveridge offers to enter into a
bond of $1,000,000 with the govern?
ment for the performance of his part
of the agreement, which he proposes,
and he makes the charge that "other
interests" have now at work In Wash?
ington a lobby, "headed by a former
United States senator," in support of
the bill referred to above, under the
provisions, of which, he declares, the
government would extend an uncon?
ditional guarantee to a railroad or
railroads which these interests pro?
pose to build in Alaska, and would
virtually donate to them at $10 per
acre one or more tracts of 5,000. acres
each to be selected by them.
Mr. Ballalne asked congress to au?
thorize the head of a department to
be designed in the legislation to en?
ter Into a lease with a coal company
to be organized by him for 5,000
acres of Matanuska coal land under
all the provisions for regulation and
against monopolistic control of prices
as indicated in the bill recently in?
troduced by Senator Nelson in con?
formity with the recommendation of
Mr. Bellinger. This company wl'l
pay the United States and Alaska a
rayalty of 50 cents a ton for the coal
as mined. Mr. Ballalne states In his
proposal that veins averaging a total
thickness of 20 feet would yield, ac?
cording to standard measurements, a
total in exees? of 100,000,000 tons
from the 5,000 acres, making a roy?
alty of $50.000,000 for this compara?
tively small ar??a.
FAVOR SCIENTIFIC FORESTRY.
Members of Yellow Pine Manufaetur
crs' Association Subscribe $6.500
For Chair at Yale.
New York. Jan. 26.?Members of'
the Yellow Pine Manufacturers' asso?
ciation at the closing session of their
convention here today subscribed $6.
500 to the establishment of an addi?
tional chair ir, the school of forestry
at Yale university. More than $20 -
000 has been previously contributed
by the association for this purpose.
A resolution was adopted asking
that the United States forestry ser?
vice take steps to protect the forests
of the South.
J. Lewis Thompson of Houston.
Tex., was elected president: A. J.
Netnmeyer of St. Louis, treasurer,
and George K. Smith of St. Louis,
The convention will meet next June
Jesse Morgan, aged 8 years, was
kidnapped in Greenwood by a negro
woman, who kept the child several
days and then returned her to her
BLOW STRUCK at cwnonism.
owior Would Hcmove Speaker From
Committee on Rules.
Washington, Jan. 26.?Representa?
tive Fowler, of New Jersey, one of
the original insurgent Republicans of
the house, today introduced a resolu?
ten providing for a reorganization of
the r-.les commit!-1- and the removal
Speaker Cannon iiom that com?
mittee. The resolution aims straight
et the house organization and would
l lear tht Speaker of a great portion
of the power of his office, according
! ) the statement of Its author.
The resolution follows:
Resolved, That the House of Rep?
resentatives, shall on the seventh day
of February, 1910, after the morning
hour, proceed to the election of five
additional members of the committee
on rules, four of whom shall be Re?
publicans and one a Democrat.
?Resolved. That from and after the
passage cf this resolution, the Speak?
er of the House of Representatives
shall no longer be a member of the
committee on rules; but that the
committee on rules shall consist of
the four members heretofore appoint?
ed and the five members elected un?
der the provisions of this resolution.
"Resolved, That the said committee
on rules, consisting of six Republicans
and three Democrats, shall elect one
of their number as chairman of such
strength OF the GORIDIjA.
Ho* It Kills Human Beings?Its At?
tacks on Other Animals.
Of all the existing man apes the
gorilla is beyond question the most
formidable, a large male standing
not Infrequently over five feet six
inches in height, and bones being1
known of one which apparently meas- '
ured in life no less than six feet two
Inches. It Is not, we now knoW'from
experience in the gardens and else?
where, always when young so "utter?
ly untamable a beast" and so "entire?
ly and constantly an enemy of men"
as DuChalllu represented, but It Is
savage and morose enough.
It is still uncertain whether in a
w'ld state, except in the Immediate
moment of attack it ever actually
walks erect without either resting Its
knuckles on ths ground or supporting
itself by a branch overhead, but that
It does beat its fists upon Its breast
when enraged (Du Chaillu says that
he heard the noise "like a great baas
drum" at a distance of a mile) Is es?
tablished, and when the mal ? gorilla
turns, as seemingly it does, to con?
front man fearlessly when attacked,
with its huge sise, its great hairy
limbs, and hideous head set almost
down into its shoulders, we can be?
lieve that "no description can exceed
the horror of Its gppearance." Add
that the gorilla usually lives in the
depth of forests where the light If to
dim that it is difficult to see any ob?
ject dearly at a distance of more
than a few yards, and it Is not to be
wondered at that the natives have In?
vested it with attributes even more
horrific than those which It possee
Many believe the gorilla to* be hu?
man; others hold that, though itself
a beast, It la often Informed with the
transmigrated spirits of the human
dead. It Is said to lie in watt crouch?
ed on the lower branches of trees ov?
erhanging a path, and when a hu?
man being passes to drop one of its
long hind limbs and clutching the
victim by the throat so suddenly and
in so terrible a grip that hardly a sob
Is heard, to drag it?man or woman
?up to its lurking place. It Is cred?
ited with capturing and stealing wo?
men and carrying them off to keep
them In the forests, and, armed with
clubs, is said to attack and beat off
elephants. The formldableness of
the great apes as compared with oth?
er beasts, however. Is not sn easy
matter to pass upon. In Africa it Is
noteworthy that the lion and the go?
rilla do not occur together, and it has
been conjectured both that the lion
has exterminated the gorilla within
its territory and that the gorilla has
driven out the Hon.
In Borneo the most serious neigh?
bors of the orange are the python
and the crocodile, and the natives
say that the ape overcomes them
both, the python by seizing and bit?
ing It. and the crocodile by leaping
on its back, clutching it by the upper
jaw and by sheer main strength tear?
ing it open. The name "orang" Is
in itself a title of honor, meaning
roughly "wise one," the Malays giv?
ing it alike to their chiefs, to ele?
phants and to the "wild men." Per?
haps, however, no native myth or
story eclipbv?s In wonder the state?
ment of Emin Pasha, made seriously,
that in the Mbongwe forest the chim?
panzees used to come to rob the ba?
nana plantations in troops, bearing
torches to light them on the way!
"Had I not witnessed this extraordi?
nary spectacle personally," he Is re?
ported as eaytnf "I should not have
believed that any of the simians un?
derstood the art of making fire."
Unhappily we personally did not wit?
ness it.?l^ndon Times.